40 Under 40, Class of 2015

Jim Melka


Jim Melka Landscaping & Garden Center, Mokena, Illinois

Job Title

Co-Owner, Landscape Designer, Garden Center Manager


Earned a master’s degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University. Works with local homeowners associations, municipalities and consumers to incorporate new and unique designs and products into their landscape projects.


He’s a Shredder: Jim is an avid snowboarder and once jumped out of a helicopter in the Swiss Alps.

Fun Facts

Tune In: Jim’s iPod is never far away, and attending live music concerts is one of his favorite hobbies.